Winter is here. Time to snub the watery cucumbers in thick waxy skins and pale tomatoes that look like the ghosts of summer past.
What are some good seasonal things to top a green salad with?
Some salads I've made are along the obvious lines
- chopped persimmons, pomegranate seeds, pecans
- apples or pears with walnuts and some sort of cheese like cheddar, parmesan or smoked
- oranges, beets, blue cheese
- black beans, canned corn .. I'm not a snob about using canned items
Some interesting ideas from Chow
Chicory and Arugula Salad with Honey Vinaigrette
Chicory, Tangerine, and Pomegranate Salad
Roasted Delicata Squash Salad
I like the idea of that last salad alot with squash, pumpkin seeds, spinach and ricotta salata.
I'd like to maybe branch out a bit with mushrooms ... can I?
While I use exotic mushrooms in cooked dishes, with salads I stick pretty much to white and brown. What other mushrooms can be good?
What about using dried fruits in a salads? Any ideas there?
seems like you have a lot of great ideas already but recently i have added:
avocado and bacon
Yes I don't know how I could add to your terrific list of suggestions for winter salads other than a few that I always seem to fall back on..
TJ's dried cherries or golden raisins
Pinon nuts and pepitas
red and purple grapes when I can't get blackberries
and this is the time of year that I like to make candied nuts to add to my salad with pears and blue cheese, using a bagy arugula and or fresh spinach.
which reminds me I always love a classic spinach salad with a dressing made with hot bacon drippings and tart apple vinegar..with lots of hardboiled eggs, and cracked pepper..
re: chef chicklet
I am unable to find my recipe, so going on memory here!
Apple cider and Bacon drippings dressing
1/2 cup veg oil or canola
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 T hot bacon dressing
1 small onion chopped very fine
1/3 cup white wine or water
1 clove garlic smooshed
1 t sea salt
1 t cracked pepper
1/3 cup sugar
2 T Lea Perrins
Combine all ingredients in a blender except the egg
Heat all the above in sauce pan add the egg after you've heated the dressing through. Once heated add the grated egg, mix all well, pour over the bacon & spinach salad.
On the Mushroom front... I make a Watercress, Roasted Poblano & Sauteed Mushroom salad with Nogada dressing & sprinkled with Pomegranate Arils or dried cranberries... in other words a deconstructed, vegetarian Chile en Nogada
I recently posted a Salpicon recipe... I really like it on a sunny winter day.
Another one I recently did was a roasted Fennel & Corn Kernel salad over Butter Lettuce topped with Crema, Cotija & Piquin flecks
Next week I plan to make an Avocado (now that we are reliably getting Michoacan fruit) & Romaine Salad with Oaxacan Style Black Bean Dressing (i.e. Avocado leaves, garlic etc.,)
We had an arugula salad with fresh figs, toasted walnuts and ricotta salata on Christmas Eve - just dressed with a Fruttato olive oil and some sea salt.
Any ideas for a salad to go with spaghetti bolognese which has no dairy (guest is lactose intolerant)?